I’m going to be honest…I have a massive sweet tooth. My husband jokes that no family dinner is complete in our house without dessert because, well, in my mind it’s just an essential part of every meal. BUT since I’ve been overhauling my eating plan in the new year and working on cutting calories, I’ve had to rethink the way that I bake. I’ve had to get creative and find ways to still have the cakes and cookies and pies I love while keeping my calorie count under control. And while at first I thought this was going to be challenging, I quickly discovered that baking with Mott’s® Applesauce is the perfect way to be able to enjoy fluffy, delicious baked goods like my Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches while reducing my calories.
It stands to reason that since I discovered that I can substitute one applesauce cup for 1/2 cup of oil (reducing the calories in my recipe from 960 for 1/2 cup of oil to 50 for one Natural Applesauce cup), I’ve made sure my pantry is always stocked with my new baking staple. And when I recently discovered that I can save $1 off Mott’s® Natural Applesauce and Mott’s® Healthy Harvest Granny Smith Applesauce when I buy three of them at Publix, it only made sense for me to stock up.
After all, it doesn’t get any easier that simply switching out my oil. But then the real question became, are the results amazing? And the resounding answer is yes! In fact, just the past week I decided that with warmer weather pushing its way into North Carolina, it was time to whip up a batch of ice cream sandwiches. After looking through my cookie recipes, I settled on Dark Chocolate cookies with simple strawberry frozen yogurt on the inside. And of course since I had plenty of Mott’s® Applesauce on hand, I decided to lighten my recipe up by making a delicious baking substitution.
My dark chocolate ice cream sandwiches are really a two part process to create but I have to say, they are fairly easy to make and so worth the effort. To get started, I needed to whip up a batch of lighter dark chocolate cookies using my applesauce instead of oil.
What You Will Need:
1 and 1/4 Cups Mott’s® Healthy Harvest Granny Smith Applesauce
1/2 Cup of Butter
1 Cup of Sugar (or Sugar Substitute)
1 Large Egg
1 Egg Yolk
2 Tablespoons of Almond Extract
1/4 Cup of Melted Dark Chocolate
1 and 3/4 Cups of Flour
3/4 Cup of Dark Chocolate Cacao Powder
1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
1/8 Teaspoon of Salt
How to Make It:
To start my dark chocolate cookies, I placed my butter and sugar into the bowl of my mixer and creamed it together. Then I added in my almond extract, egg, egg yolk and three cups of Mott’s® Healthy Harvest Granny Smith Applesauce in the place of oil in my regular recipe. Made with simple and natural ingredients, it’s a fun way to reduce the calories in my desserts while making them taste amazing!
Adding the applesauce gave my wet ingredients a different consistency than what I normally see but I knew when I added my dry ingredients it would all come together.
Once I had my applesauce blended into my other ingredients, I poured in my melted dark chocolate and continued to blend everything together.
With my liquid chocolate base ready, I added my flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt to a bowl and mixed all of my dry ingredients together well.
After pouring my dry ingredients into my wet ingredients, I mixed my batter on low just long enough for everything to combine well and form a thick batter that somewhat resembled brownie batter.
Once my batter was made, I placed it in the refrigerator to cool while I preheated my oven to 350 degrees. When my oven was ready, I added parchment paper to my baking sheet and used a cookie scooper to spoon mounds of my dough onto my baking sheet, making sure that each cookie was at least an inch from the other cookies.
Now, here’s where I added a little extra step because I knew that if I left my cookies like they were, they would bake beautifully but be fluffier, making it difficult to turn them into ice cream sandwiches. So I grabbed a glass out of my cabinet, sprayed the bottom of it with cooking spray and used it to flatten my cookies slightly, using my fingers to round out the edges. Once my cookies were perfectly shaped, into the oven they went on 350 degrees for fourteen minutes.
When they came out, they were perfectly baked and perfectly shaped! I could tell instantly that in addition to reducing the calories and fat in my cookies, the Mott’s® Healthy Harvest Granny Smith Applesauce added moisture, helping me to create fluffy cookies that looked amazing! After moving my cookies to my cooling rack to cool completely, I began working on my (crazy simple) strawberry frozen yogurt to fill them with.
What You Will Need:
16 Ounces of Plain Greek Whole Milk Yogurt
2 Cups of Finely Diced Strawberries
1 Tablespoon of Honey
How to Make It:
Side Note: You can make this frozen yogurt by simply mixing your ingredients together and freezing them if you don’t have an ice cream maker.
Since I received an Ice Cream Maker for Christmas, I’ve been looking for reasons to use it and I have to say, this yogurt was the perfect one! To start I simply mixed together my yogurt, strawberries and honey in a bowl.
Then I poured it into my ice cream attachment and turned it on. After allowing it to churn for about ten minutes, I had creamy, dreamy Strawberry Greek Frozen Yogurt that was perfect for filling my ice cream sandwiches! Easy peasy, right?
With all of the elements for my Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches prepared, all that was left to do was take one of my cookies made with applesauce, scoop some of my frozen yogurt onto it and then place a second cookie on top.
After gently pushing the cookies together to make sure my yogurt was spread evenly on the inside, I had a delicious baked treat that is seriously amazing!
With the rich flavor of the cookies and the creamy tartness of the frozen yogurt, this is a dessert that definitely calls for celebration!
Plus, since it’s made with better-for-me Mott’s® Healthy Harvest Granny Smith Applesauce in the place of vegetable oil, I can enjoy it knowing that it’s lower in fat, calories, sodium and cholesterol than cookies made with oil!
So now, I guess you can say I can have my ice cream sandwiches and eat them too!
Because when a dessert tastes this amazing while boasting the use of Mott’s® Healthy Harvest Granny Smith Applesauce as an ingredient, you just can’t go wrong!
Whether you’re baking cookies, cakes or something else, I highly encourage you to try swapping out Mott’s® Applesauce for vegetable oil in your recipe! You’ll get the same amazing results with a lighter taste and less calories….which makes dessert time all that much sweeter! So head to Publix today and stock up on Mott’s® Applesauce using this $1.00 off coupon* when you buy 3. *This coupon is available in the in-store co-op flyers usually found at the service desk or with the ads at the front of the store. Please do not attempt to print this coupon.
Then tell me, how will you lighten up your favorite baked recipes using Mott’s® Applesauce?